Unique suburban town

Reston is a census-designated place in Fairfax County, Virginia. Founded in 1964, Reston was influenced by the Garden City movement that emphasized planned, self-contained communities that intermingled green space, residential neighborhoods, and commercial development. The intent of Reston’s founder, Robert E. Simon, was to build a town that would revolutionize post–World War II concepts of land use and residential/corporate development in suburban America. Reston is divided into three separate planning areas: the original Planned Residential Community (PRC) area that governs the majority of residential areas in the community; the Reston Town Center (RTC) District, which includes all of the high-density, high-rise portions of Town Center; and the Transit Station Area (TSA) on either side of the Dulles Toll Road.

A special tax district within Fairfax County was created to fund various recreational, educational, and cultural activities in Reston. The Reston Community Center (RCC) is a core element, with its main building in south Reston at Hunters Woods Plaza and featuring a theater, indoor heated swimming pool with jacuzzi, ballroom, meeting rooms, and classroom space. A smaller RCC branch is at Lake Anne Plaza. Two golf courses are located in Reston. The 166-acre Reston National Golf Course in south Reston is certified by Audubon International as a Cooperative Cooperative Sanctuary on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Reston contains four manmade lakes: Lake Anne, Lake Audubon, Lake Newport, and Lake Thoreau.


The location

Learn about Reston

Like much of Northern Virginia in the 1880s, the 7,000 acres of land now known as Reston once belonged to Lord Fairfax and was called “Sunset Hills.” After Lord Fairfax’s death, his sons sold the land to A. Smith Bowman who used it for farmland and built a bourbon distillery which operated until 1987. In 1961, Robert E. Simon — a real estate entrepreneur — used funds from the sale of Carnegie Hall to purchase all of the land except for the distillery. Simon envisioned a planned community with a full range of housing styles that would be affordable to a wide variety of people no matter their income or age. Simon named the planned community Reston after his own initials, and wanted the neighborhood to be a place where people could live, work, and play all in one community. Simon was very specific that Reston should offer the widest choice of opportunities for leisure time with a wide range of cultural and recreational facilities, as well as an environment for privacy. Lastly, Reston should be beautiful — both naturally and structurally. Over the next few decades, Simon’s visions came to life, and Reston flourished into the popular, successful community we know and love today.

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1 Forest Edge Elementary School Preschool - 6th Grade Public
N/A Dogwood Elementary School Preschool - 6th Grade Public
2 Terraset Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
4 Sunrise Valley Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
1 Armstrong Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
3 Aldrin Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
3 Hunters Woods Elementary Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
1 Lake Anne Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
3 Hughes Middle School 7th Grade - 8th Grade Public
3 South Lakes High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A Winwood Children's Center Iii Preschool - Preschool Private/Charter
N/A Reston Children's Center Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Community Montessori School Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Children's House Montessori School Of Reston Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Reston Montessori School Preschool - 6th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Good Beginnings School Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Al Fatih Academy Preschool - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Sunset Hills Montessori School Preschool - 6th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Academy Of Christian Education Preschool - 2Nd Grade Private/Charter
* School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly.
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